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Aug 20, 2009 6:30pm EDT
which came. dawna friesen joins us from outside the prison where the terrorist was held in scotland. dawna. >> reporter: he spent eight years of a life sentence here in the scottish prison. and tonight al-megrahi left here a free man. a decision scotland's justice department said he knew many would disagree with. al-megrahi dressed in white on his final steps to freedom. terminally ill with prostate cancer he was released on compassionate grounds by the justice minister, a decision met with outrage at the highest levels. >> we have been in contact with the scottish government. indicating that we objected to this. and we thought it was a mistake. >> reporter: 270 people died in the lockerbie bombing, 189 of them americans. after a massive investigation, and lengthy trial, megrahi was the only person convicted. jack and kathleen flynn lost their 21-year-old son, john patrick in the bombing. >> the word compassion should never be used in the same sentence with mr. megrahi. >> bert aberman lost his brother tom. scotland's justice secretary says he knows the bereaved will never forget le
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Aug 2, 2009 6:30pm EDT
that this time the military gets it right. >> all right, jim miklaszewski in washington for us tonight. thanks. >>> tonight, swiss diplomats on behalf of the united states are trying to learn more about the status of three american tourists who were seized by iranian guards on friday. meantime, we're learning more about who those americans are and why they were in the region. nbc chief foreign correspondent richard engel is in turkey where their journey began. he has the latest for us. richard, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. from downtown istanbul, turkey. behind me is the city's famous blue mosque. it's still unclear if the americans knew that they had actually crossed into iran, but today kurdish officials said they were warned not to stray too close to the sensitive border. it was in these mountains in kurt stan where three americans went hiking last week before according to iranian media they iran and were b arrested. kurdish officials confirm their identifies as shane bauer, sarah shord, and josh fatall. they were apparently on a trip to learn more about the midd
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Aug 21, 2009 7:00pm EDT
home buyers. cnbc's diana olick is joining us tonight with more on this. diana. >>> good evening, david. that $8,000 tax credit coupled with bargain basement home prices are really driving today's sales, but the bulk of the action is on the low end of the market. >> reporter: the bargain hunters are out in droves, lured by low home prices and historically attractive affordability. realtors report since their peak in july 2006 home prices are down 23%, down 15% in just the last year. and foreclosures, which rose to a new record again in the second quarter of this year, are only pushing prices lower. >> buying a foreclosed home seems like a good deal. od deal.y, opportunity for a >> welcome to our foreclure bus tour. >> reporter: in fact, one third of all homes sold in july were foreclosed properties. >> now is a great time to buy a house. >> reporter: which is why realtor bob lucito is running bus tours of local foreclosures. >> you are going to buy, 10%, 20%, 30% below market. maybe even more. >> reporter: you can see it in july sales numbers, sales of homes below $100,000 surged
NBC
Aug 24, 2009 7:00pm EDT
legacy. it also affects the way that other countries view us, because this is going to be used by america's enemies against us no matter what the obama administration does. >> all right, andrea mitchell and pete williams in our washington newsroom to start us off tonight, as we continue to go through these new documents. >>> we turn now to a major health news story. a u.s. government prediction today about how bad the swine flu outbreak might still become. they say a big percentage of the u.s. population is at risk and in some cases, the disease is expected to pose a fatal threat. we get details now from our chief science correspondent robert bazell, who is tonight at the centers for disease control in atlanta. >> reporter: a committee of scientists that advises the president said that while the swine flu pandemic is impossible to predict, a plausible scenario with the infection of 30% to 50% of the u.s. population, as many as 1.8 million hospital admissions and 30,000 to 90,000 deaths concentrated among children and young adults. speaking today at the centers for disease control,
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Aug 17, 2009 6:30pm EDT
albert gonzales and two others who are thought to be in or near russia used sophisticated techniques to get around network firewalls and steal those debit and credit card numbers from major retailers and other financial institutions. the hacking began back in october 2007. among the victims are heartland payment systems, the 7-eleven convenience store chain and hannaford brothers grocery store chain. the justice department said albert gonzales and his accomplices sent the stole an financial data to computer servers in california, illinois and overseas to lat ve yoo, the netherlands and ukraine with attempt to sell the data. interestingly in 2004, gonzales worked as a government informant. that led to arrest of 28 suspects with a credit card fraud case but the government later learned he was also feeding information to criminals and the feds say he's an old pro at this. he's already in federal custody charged in may of '08 with hacking into cash register terminals run by the restaurant chain dave & busters and a year ago of saling 48 million credit cards from eight other retailers includ
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Aug 11, 2009 7:00pm EDT
my head tonight. t thal wil do i >> that will do it for us. we thank you for watching. "nightly news" is next. >>> on the broadcast tonight -- into the fray over health care reform. the president pushes back against his critics. who is winning this debate? >>> strong medicine. beyond all the heated rhetoric, all the noise, bringing free health care to those who need it most. >>> finally,t long last, gm is out with its car of the future. available soon. an astounding mpg number. but there is a catch. >>> the asprin evidence, another reason to take aspirin. tonight what doctors are saying about it now. >>> eunice kennedy shriver, sister of a president, and her to millions who will never know her. to millions who will never know her. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. if the president thought that by showing up at a town meeting in new hampshire today he was going to at least sample some of the noise and action and anger that we have seen at other gatherings across this country. he was mistaken. if he came fixing for a fight.
NBC
Aug 24, 2009 6:30pm EDT
with us from our washington newsroom tonight to start us off. thanks to you both. >>> now we turn to a big health news story. a u.s. government prediction today about how bad the swine flu outbreak might still become. they say a big percentage of the u.s. population is at risk and in some cases, the disease is expected to pose a fatal threat. we get details from our chief science correspondent robert bazell, who is tonight at the centers for disease control in atlanta. >> reporter: a committee of scientists that advises the president said that while the swine flu pandemic is impossible to predict, a plausible scenario with the infection of 30% to 50% of the u.s. population, as many as 1.8 million hospital admissions and 30,000 to 90,000 deaths concentrated among children and young adults. speaking today at the centers for disease control, aging secretary sebelius said she's concerned about certain polls showing americans are not terribly worried about swine flu. >> we know that right now that there's a lot of complacency. now the continuum of being paralyzed with fear and complacency,
NBC
Aug 31, 2009 6:30pm EDT
coverage for us from the fire line for us tonight. miguel, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening. this fire is so active, so aggressive, people are conducting what they call rolling evacuations, and aas you can see here, not every homemade it through the fire. it's a movie monster, the station fire devours ridge after ridge across los angeles county. more than 105,000 acres swallowed by flames. >> get up high. >> reporter: the blaze doubled in size last night, an unstoppable force that has firefighters on their heels and neighborhoods on the run. >> if the winds come up, the fires come down and any threat at all, i'm out of here. >> reporter: 6,600 have been forced to evacuate. hundreds more are ordered out each day, some refuse to leave. this as the fire marches on, breaking into different pieces, moving in multiple directions. several los angeles suburbs sit in its path. more than 12,000 homes remained threatened. >> it's like a war zone. >> reporter: for dozens of homeowners, it's too late. the fire moved so quickly, the true extent of the damage remains unclear. but f
NBC
Aug 5, 2009 7:00pm EDT
before us president bill clinton. we were shocked but we knew instantly in our hearts that the nightmare of our lives was finally coming to an end. >> reporter: throughout the journalists' 140-day ordeal, the families of laura ling and euna lee held vigils and tried to raise public awareness about the plight of the two women. >> we could feel your love all the way in north korea. it is what kept us going in the darkest of hours. it is what sustained our faith that we would come home. >> i can't even describe what my whole body went through when i saw her. it was just really powerful and emotional. >> reporter: the two women worked for current tv, a channel started by former vice president al gore. >> we want to welcome laura and euna home. >> reporter: among those across the country watching the emotional homecoming, president obama. >> the reunion that we have all seen on television i think is a source of happiness not only for the families but for the entire country. >> reporter: a source of happiness that the families continue to enjoy tonight. here at laura ling's home her family say
NBC
Aug 10, 2009 7:00pm EDT
, the president used a post-summit news conference after brief technical difficulties -- >> testing. good morning and buenos dias. >> reporter: -- to urge calm in the health care debate raging at home. >> i suspect that once we get into the fall and people look at the actual legislation that's being proposed, that more sensible and reasonable arguments will emerge, and we're going to get this passed. >> reporter: but the president's call for calm -- >> not wanting you folks in charge of my health care is my number one priority! >> reporter: -- is in contrast to an increasingly raucous scene at town halls like this one today in new jersey. hundreds packed the room to give congressman steve rothman an earful. >> you're not going to exclude illegal aliens and the spending has to stop. you have to stop passing us the buck. >> reporter: in response, the white house is getting more aggressive and borrowing a page from the old campaign playbook. today unveiling a website featuring key white house aides dispelling what they call misinformation in the debates. >> we have been really surprise
NBC
Aug 4, 2009 7:17pm EDT
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NBC
Aug 9, 2009 6:30pm EDT
us again this evening. he joins us from hoboken on the new jersey side of the river with the latest. jeff? >> reporter: lester, good evening to you. along the hudson river on the jersey side, and it's been tough for investigators and drivers today because the wreck tge itself keeps moving around under the water. the current is strong. they need that debris to recon struget the accident and put all this together. tonight investigators are using side scan sonar equipment and they're making progress. in the shadow of the empire state building, the grim search for bodies and debris. investigators recovered both today. more victims pulled from the hudson, along with a charge chunk of theightseeing helicopter. lifted to the surface with a giant crane. >> the helicopter sustained significant damage. they are going to be conducting further examination of the wreckage to determine what pieces might be missing. >> reporter: we're learning more about the midair collision and how it happened. the crash that killed nine people leaving debris scattered in the water. the single engine piper took o
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Aug 7, 2009 7:00pm EDT
breathing a bit easier. cnbc's erin burnett at the new york stock exchange to start us off here tonight. erin, good evening. >>> good evening, brian. this jobs' number was really a test for both wall street and for main street. consumer confidence has been ticking up a little bit as of late. and stocks are up 50% from their lows in march. but all of that was based on hope that the recession is actually ending. >> reporter: with more than 14.5 million americans out of work, president obama is not ready to declare victory just yet. >> we have a lot further to go. as far as i'm concerned we will not have a true recovery as long as we are losing jobs. >> reporter: today's jobs jo report showed that at least the country bsjoore slowly. the average monthly job loss for the past three months was 331,000, roughly half the drop recorded in the previous six months. while manufacturers continue to struggle, laying off 52,000 workers in july, that's the smallest decline in a year. automobile manufacturing actually added 28,000 jobs as car makers reopened plants. another bright spot, health
NBC
Aug 21, 2009 6:30pm EDT
, keifer went off on his own and shot himself to death with his m-16. tonight, keifer's father told us he was a lovable kid who never got into trouble and always respected authority. now if court martialed and convicted, these four americans could get anywhere from 8 to 25 years in a military prison. now the tragic irony to awful this is these four soldiers were part of a brand new u.s. army brigade sent to iraq to teach iraqis how to be better soldiers. >>> jim miklaszewski at the pentagon. jim, thanks. now to afghanistan where the results of yesterday's second-ever presidential election are eagerly awaited. however we are told preliminary results will not be announced until early next week. and with the taliban threatening violence, voter turnout in many parts of the country was indeed much lower than in 2004. nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel is in the afghan capital of kabul, he has the latest. good evening, richard. >> reporter: good evening, david. an election official today said that the voter turnout was some where between 40% and 50%, but that they was very patch
NBC
Aug 6, 2009 7:00pm EDT
career, ideals the senate has upheld today in breaking yet another barrier in moving us yet another step closer to a more perfect union. >> reporter: judge sotomayor will be sworn in here at the court on saturday by chief justice roberts and she will first be on the bench just a month from now when the court meets in a rare summer session to hear a big case on campaign spending. brian. >>> pete williams starting us off at the court tonight. thanks. after confirming the newest justice to be, the senate then took on the car business. specifically this popular new program, cash for clunkers. lately it's found itself without funding. but not without its critics. nbc's kelly o'donnell is on capitol hill tonight with the latest. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: brian, it was just minutes after that supreme court vote that the senate shifted into the nuts and bolts of cash for clunkers. should the car rebate program get another $2 billion? you have heard how it works. you turn in an old gas guzzler, you get up to $4,500 towards a new fuel efficient car. now senators are here late tonight with
NBC
Aug 1, 2009 6:30pm EDT
today. >> the this program has made it seem like it used to be. >> the good old days. >> the good old days. >> reporter: for jennifer barren was good-bye explore, hole low focus. >> it's zoomy looking, i had to get the black one. it's brand new, it's smooth, it's such a smoother ride than my clunk sneer in less than a weeks, the cash for clunker program has already demonstrated that many americans are now willing to part with their gas guzzlers. many rushing to buy before the incentive ends. according to government data, the top trade-ins are all big and all american made. ford explore, jeep cherokees and grand cherokee, ford windstars an dodge caravan, the most popular purchases, a smaller miss of domestic and imporkts honda signicivic, toyota corolld prius in the top five. >> almost two to one people are buying more fuel efficient cars and getting the $4,500 voucher. >> reporter: the bigiest dealerships are in the west and fid west. some dealers say the program is a victim of its own success, so many sales the government website is often overloaded. and with friday's potential new c
NBC
Aug 27, 2009 6:30pm EDT
. to most of us kennedy was an iconic, bigger than life political figure. but here it was something much more. nbc's andrea mitchell is here to start off our coverage. it was an incredible outpouring today, andrea. this line, we should note is just the beginning of a very, very long crowd. >> exactly, lester. many more, thousands, lined up behind, well beyond. it is going to go all night. what we are seeing here tonight and what we have been seeing all day is an outpouring of affection for a politician. that in itself is rare in this day and age. but teddy kennedy was one of a kind. >> reporter: ted kennedy began his final journey from the house where a political dynasty was born. a military escort. and the family. so soon after burying eunice shriver. enduring a second funeral in as many weeks. his wife, vicki who shepherded him through his battle with cancer, helping him survive long enough to witness one last political victory, the election of barack obama. his first wife, joan. jean kennedy smith, now the sole survivor of the original family. caroline saying good-bye to her uncl
NBC
Aug 8, 2009 6:30pm EDT
justice correspondent pete williams joins us from the supreme court tonight. pete, good evening. >> lester, good evening. there's never anything quite like what we saw here today. how it happened where it took place, how it was covered, even when on a saturday. this was a day of firsts. >> good morning and welcome to the court. >> nearly everything about this sayceremony made history. as her mother salina held the bible and her brother juan stood by, chief justice john roberts led her through the oath. >> i sonia sotomayor do kohl let mely swear -- >> reporter: formally making her the first are hispanic supreme court justice. >> so help me god. >> congratulations and welcome to the court. >> friends and family members applauded and she hugged her mother who raised her as a single parent after her father died when she was 9. where she was sworn in today was symbolic, too, a formal conference room at the supreme court. and for the first time, cameras were allowed in to report record the event. just before in a private ceremony, roberts led her through another oath, federal law req
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Aug 25, 2009 7:00pm EDT
. our ite house correspondent savannah guthrie here in new york with us tonight with mor on this. talk about news breaking out. >> it was. the news the finanal world was waiting for, brian. while not everamerican knows his name they have certainly felt ben bernanke's work. >> it's bee a particular privilege for me to serve. >> reporter: wall stet was watching today as president obama visiting martha's vineyard prsed pause on his vacation. >> i apologizeor interrupting the relaxing that i told all of you to do. >> reporter: to appoinben bernanke to another four-year term as fed chair crediting the former princeton professowith helping to prevent calamity. >> as an expert on the causes of the great depression, i am sure ben never imaginede would be part of a team responsib for preventing another. but because of his background, his temperament, his courage and creativity, that's exactly what he has helped to achieve. >>> on t broadcast tight meltdown -- >> reporter: nearly one year ago, last september, banks were failing, the dow was in free fall as crit dried up. the entire financi
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Aug 30, 2009 6:30pm EDT
thousands who potentially stand in the path of this monstrous fire. lester? >> miguel almaguer for us tonight. >>> also in california this evening, investigators have widened their investigation into the bizarre kidnapping of jaycee dugard held captive for 18 of her 29 years. the search for clues now extends beyond the home of accused kidnapper and rapist phillip garrido. the latest from george lewis in antioch. >> reporter: 20 or so officers from two local police departments and the county sheriff's office have been probing, digging, hauling debris. some working with cadaver dogs trained to find human bodies. they're looking for evidence, any signs that the couple charged with kidnapping jaycee dugard and holding her in a warren of tents and sheds in their backyard might have been involved in a string of local murders. phillip garrido and his wife nancy have pleaded not guilty to more than two dozen charges, including forceable abduction, rape, and unlawful imprisonment. now the police investigation has expanded to the property next door to the garridos. >> phillip garrido had access
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Aug 16, 2009 6:30pm EDT
they could use a little bit more rain across parts of the parched southeast as we head on through the next couple of days. but as you mentioned, that's not the only game in town. we aotieav t hcaropil depressioo an ana which was a trocam,l stor and we have tropical storm bill tbend whistt,hahich it, the bir system and the one we're really most worried about. it could easily become a hurricane here within the next 12 to 24 hours. now, the news with ana is that it will probably weaken and stay a tropical depression or even less as it moves into the caribbean. however, bill, even though it may become a hurricane and a fairly potent hurricane, right now the indications are it could stay off shore of the east coast. that's what our latest computer models are telling us, but we can't let our guard down. from the middle 6 august into the middle of september, that is the middle of the hurricane season, and so claudette is just a reminder of what things can do this time of the year. lester? >> jeff morrow in florida. we'll stay in close contact with you and all our colleagues at the weathe
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Aug 26, 2009 7:00pm EDT
assassination. >> those of us who lovedim and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us, wh he wished for others, will someday come to ps for all the world. as he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him, "some men see things as they are and say why? i dream things that never were and say why not?" >> if his younger years were marked by tragedy, his later years would be marked by disction. chiefly, chappaquiddick, an island in massachusetts that became shorthand for the unreported death of a young woman. campaign aide mary jo kopechne, he was found guilty only of leaving the scene of an acdent. he went on national television to explain himself. >> all kind of scrambled thoughts, all of them confused, some of them irrational, many of them which i cannotecall and me of which i would not have seriously entertained under normal circumstances went through my mind during this period. >> in the years that followed in the senate, ted kennedy made a decision to bear down and do the work. he concentrated on running the decidedl
NBC
Aug 12, 2009 6:30pm EDT
would join. >> i do think it is useful to consider the congressional budget office estimate that only about 10 million people would choose the public option. >> people most likely to select a public option would be, those with no health insurance. individuals who today buy their own private and usually expensive policies. workers at small businesses where no health plan is provided. supporters say a public option would improve services and lower costs by increasing competition among private health insurance companies. but republicans who strongly oppose the government plan claim those happy with the private coverage they have could lose it. >> i believe the so-called government option in a very few number of years would become the only option. >> reporter: conservatives argue the government would have an unfair competitive advantage by offering coverage at a price too low for private insurers to match. driving them out of business. a view featured in a tv ad by the u.s. chamber of commerce. >> and expanded government control over your health. >> reporter: both sides have time. specifi
NBC
Aug 11, 2009 6:30pm EDT
house correspondent chuck todd was in new hampshire with the president today. starts us off from portsmouth tonight. chuck, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. well from the outside the stage did appear set out here for the president to face some really tough critics. just like these members of congress are facing. but that wasn't the case on the inside. divided only by a street and a few of portsmouth's finest. supporters and detractors of president obama's health care plan spent plenty of time, banging drums and yelling. as they waited for a chance to cheer or jeer, the president's motorcade. but the president skirted the crowd taking a back way. before emerging in a high school gym to a very friendly audience. still, the president found himself spending much of his time saying what his plan is not going to do. >> this is not about putting the government in charge of your health insurance. so i just want to assure we are not talking about cutting medicare benefits. i am not promoting a single pay plan. >> he used humor to push back on some of the wilder accusations.
NBC
Aug 13, 2009 6:30pm EDT
us with more on this. tom. >>> good evening. this is the kind of video investigators have been hoping for. it shows, or appears to show the crash as it happened last saturday in the skies over new york's hudson river. again, a warning, it is disturbing to watch. the video was shot by an italian tourist on a boat on the hudson river. while experimenting with his new camera he zooms in on a helicopter flying over the river just as a small plane comes up from behind. >> oh, my god. oh, my god. >> the plane seems to almost explode on impact with pieces raining down on the river. it is the kind of video investigators from the national transportation safety board have asked the public for. >> if they have any that might have captured the aircraft, the sequence or collision, if that could be provided that would be very helpful. >> reporter: an early theory is that the chopper was in the plane's blind sight buy low its wings. now, slowed down, frame by frame, the images seem to show the single engine piper turning and climbing. then clipping the helicopter's rotor blades. the plane's right-wi
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Aug 12, 2009 7:00pm EDT
start us off tonight. thanks. >>> a lot of the emotion we are seeing at the townhalls concerns what the administration has been calling the public option. opponents like to call it a government takeover of health care. the basic question remains -- what does the obama administration really mean by this term "public option." tonight we launch an effort aimed at making sense of it all. our report from nbc's kelly o'donnell. >> this is not health reform -- >> reporter: in the health care debate, two words evoke a strong reaction. public option. >> why will be forced into the public option -- >> reporter: heard again today at a townhall meeting in maryland. >> i would like you to address how the public option -- decreases or increases our choices in health care. t. nothing has been decided to democrats want the federal government to create a new public health insurance program to compete with private companies. >> private insurance could be here today and gone tomorrow. a public insurance option is a guaranteed program you know is always there. >> reporter: as seniors rely on medicare t
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Aug 27, 2009 7:00pm EDT
"nightly news" coming up next. >> hope you join us for "news4 at 11:00." >>> on the broadcast tonight, the final journey begins for senator edward kennedy as family, friends and the people he served say good-bye. >>> out of the blue -- 18 years ago this 11-year-old girl disappeared. now the mystery may be solved by the woman herself. >>> money in the bank, but how much? what to do to make sure your money is safe. >>> and, battle lines in the fight against swine flu. we take you behind the scenes as a potential big new outbreak approaches. a potential big new outbreak approaches. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. i'm lester holt in tonight for brian williams. we're coming to you from the john f. kennedy presidential library in boston where the body of j.f.k.'s yngest brother, senator edward kennedy now lies in repose. thousands have joined the line here to pay the respects to the senator who died late tuesday evening. many here can't remember a time when there wasn't a kennedy representing this state in washington. the se
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Aug 14, 2009 7:00pm EDT
covered tonight beginning with the chief white house correspondent chuck todd now joining us from belgrade, montana, chuck. >>> good evening, ann. the president finished up the first of what are going to be back to back townhall meetings here out west. colorado happens tomorrow. all of this part of an opportunity to try to regain the political momentum in his push for health care reform. >> reporter: president obama came to the hills of montana with his entire family in tow, for what was billed as a townhall on health care but at times felt more like a campaign rally. >> hello, montana! >> reporter: president obama was reminiscent of candidate obama at times as he worked the audience. >> so i need you to keep knocking on doors, talking to your neighbors, spread the facts. >> reporter: the president did take questions from a mostly supportive audience not before offering his media critique of how town halls have been covered this week. >> tv loves a ruckus. what you haven't seen on tv and what makes me proud are the many constructive meetings going on all over the country. >> repor
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Aug 29, 2009 6:30pm EDT
short time you have given us to work together, to be together. to you, be all honor, power, glory and praise, now and foreve ame amen. >> father daniel coughlan, house of senator chaplain. i'm tom brokaw. special edition of nbc night will you news, continuing coverage of the final day of robert f. -- of senator edward m. kennedy, who we bury beside his brother, robert kennedy, and the late president john f. kennedy at arlington national cemetery in the next hour or so. this is a stop at the nation's capital. ♪ oh, beautiful for spacious skies for amber waves of grain zplnchts for purple mountains majesty above the fruited plains ♪ ♪ america america ♪ ♪ god shed his grace on thee ♪ ♪ and crown thy good with brotherhood ♪ ♪ from sea to shining sea ♪ >> so appropriate to have the prayer from father coughlan, roman catholic faith was central to the life of senator kennedy, even when he strayed or sometimes crashed off the straight and narrow life, he always came back to the church. that's his son, patrick, you see in the foreground, standing at the hearse, the body of
NBC
Aug 4, 2009 6:30pm EDT
available the best way to stay healthy is the most routine. good hand washing and only use any of the anti--virals after you get sick. brian for those people around and may have gotten swine flu inoculation in 1976. good news it may transfer some immunity. >> that would be nice. our kids aren't going to like three shots. is the nasal spray a substitute? >> it will come, but right now all vaccination program is really looking at injections. >> not sure we are going to like three shots either. >> but we will diet. >> i guess we will. now to the obama administration's cash for clunkers program, given a boost to auto sales in the week and a half it has been up and running. the u.s. senate is going to vote on whether to put more money into the program which proponents as you know say is good for consumers, good for detroit, and the whole earth at that rate. nbc's kelly o'donnell from capitol hill. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. the popularity of cash for clunkers doesn't mean it is easy to keep the program going. senate republicans say the country can't afford another $2
NBC
Aug 23, 2009 6:30pm EDT
. tomorrow that program comes to an ends. darcy spencer starts us off from gaithersburg. >> reporter: this family is getting into their 2010 toyota camry thanks for the cash for clunkers program. they got a $3,500 rebate in exchange for their dodge caravan which was over 10 years old with 176,000 miles. >> it's an incentive for us. we were holding on. it's a good program. let's go ahead and buy a car. we needed a car. >> reporter: at fitzgerald lake forest auto mall the lot is full of shoppers. time is running out to take advantage of the federal program. >> it's incredible. nothing but good news. more business this month than a year ago. we may have a record month in all of our company's history. >> reporter: the clunker program has been so successful the lots are running short on cars to buy. some are complaining they are not getting reimbursed by the government. >> it's not because of what a dealership has done wrong or right, it's because it's so onerus. >> reporter: the program has been great for business. nationally more than 450,000 new cars have been sold. linda brown hopes t
NBC
Aug 19, 2009 7:00pm EDT
us to explain. nancy, good evening. >>> good evening, lester. government health officials have been brainstorming for weeks working on guidelines for what is expected to be a rough flu season. and this time their focus is the work place. >> reporter: today, the government issued new guidelines to prepare businesses for what is expected to be a tough swine flu season. >> send a message loudly and clearly to the employees that if they are sick, go home and stay home. don't come back to work until after 24 hours with no fever. >> reporter: bottom line, plan for the worst, be flexible, and make sure employees get vaccinated. >> it is so important that businesses prepare now to cross train their employees so that others can pick up the slack so you don't have to shut down your operations. >> reporter: swine flu cases are already being reported in schools that have just begun the new academic year. in kentucky one elementary school canceled classes for the second day after 96 ouof 350 called in sick with flu-like symptoms. >> it is scary, i mean, i think. really scary. >> skin problems? >
NBC
Aug 3, 2009 6:30pm EDT
time, any flight. nbc's kerry sanders in miami for us tonight. kerry, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. passengers on board say most were asleep or just beginning to wake up when without warning the plane jerked up and then fell, throwing the passengers from their seats. it's now believed this was likely a case of the jet hitting a huge pocket of what's known as clear air turbulence. the boeing 767 was on route to houston when it diverted and made an emergency landing in miami this morning. on board the continental flight, 168 passengers, 11 crew. at least 14 travelers were thrown so forcefully they had to be hospitalized. >> i really thought we wouldn't make it. >> reporter: witnesses say some passengers shot out of their seats like missiles. paramedics say it appears they weren't wearing their seat belts. >> i didn't have my seat belt on and i hit my head on the roof of the ceiling and then i fell down and i hit it on the monitor in front of me. >> reporter: continental flight 128 was more than 6 hours into its flight from rio de janeiro, about 60 miles north of the do
NBC
Aug 18, 2009 7:00pm EDT
system. nbc's chief white house llo, chuck.e numbers.ns us to >> reporter: good evening, lester. look, it's been a heated three weeks on health care, no doubt about that. and while there is a large majority that agrees there needs to be a major overhaul of the health care system it is about the only point of agreement in this poll. the scenes are familiar now. passionate support. >> health care for >> reporter: passionate opposition -- >> who's going to pay! >> reporter: for the president the debate hasn't been particularly helpful. for the third straight month mr. obama's overall job approval rating has dropped. now just 51%. with 40% disapproving. on health care the president's job rating while unchanged still only has 41% approving, 47% disapproving. lyle rexler of brooklyn is withholding judgment. >> you know, we don't know how good a job he did until we find out whether, you know, he gets something through. then we will find out if he did a good job or not. >> reporter: it's even worse for republicans in congress. just 21% approve of how they are handling health care. 62% disappr
NBC
Aug 15, 2009 6:30pm EDT
junction, colorado. >> health care touches us all in profound way, which by the way it means it's only natural this debate is going to be an emotional one. >> reporter: mr. obama trying to turn the tide of except kichl sichl that is has arisen across the country. >> you are talking down to the american people. >> reporter: arguing their doesn't tell the whole story. you know tv loves a ruckus, but what you haven't seen because it's not as exciting is all the constructive meetings going on around the country. >>eporter: reflecting a growing public concern. >> we should not be stifling these discussions there. is nothing unamerican about disagreements. in fact, our grate i great nation was founded on speaking our minds. >> i'm going to call on that gentleman right there. >> reporter: while the theatrics of the president's town halls haven't be the focal point, he has tried to narrow his message on reform. in in that mp, he heighted pre-existing conditions. >> insurance companies will be prohibited from denying coverage because of a person's medical history, period. >> reporter: in montan
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